A year after it became the subject of a Twitter spat, the state of California is again facing the threat of its roadways becoming an online cesspool.
A report published by the State Bicycle Commission says that California’s population is rising, with the number of registered vehicles rising by about 40% between 2015 and 2020, and the number and size of traffic fatalities going up by nearly 80%.
“It is clear that there are more drivers and more vehicles, and more collisions,” the report states.
“That’s the reality of today.
We need to get better at making sure the roads are safe for everyone.””
And the solution to this is to get rid of the traffic lights and make roads more safe and more accessible to people who are more physically fit, who are less stressed and who have a higher sense of well-being.”
We need to get better at making sure the roads are safe for everyone.
“The report recommends that all drivers on the roads be licensed and required to wear a helmet, and to install flashing lights and a “bicycle awareness” device.
But that is just the beginning of the problem, as California’s roadways have been plagued with crashes.
In the last 10 years, there have been over 200 fatal crashes involving cars and bicyclists.
And a 2015 study by the University of California found that at least 3,200 bicyclists were killed in California every year from 2006 to 2015.
The report says that drivers who cause fatal crashes are more likely to be male, older and in a lower-paying job than the average driver, and are more at risk for collisions, especially on rural roads.
It adds that the California Highway Patrol has reported that, since the implementation of the state’s traffic safety laws, crashes involving bicyclists have increased by about 100% in the state.
In response, the State Highway Patrol, the California Department of Transportation and the California Air Resources Board have taken action, implementing “zero tolerance” rules that prohibit drivers from turning right into oncoming traffic or from driving on the shoulder.
“It’s time for California to get its act together and stop this epidemic of road death and injury. “
No more traffic,” the agency says.
“I am committed to making the roads safer and more safe for everybody, including our children and families,” said Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.”
I am committed to making the roads safer and more safe for everybody, including our children and families,” said Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg.